Enchanted Tiki Room Script

30 Apr 2012 Show Writing












Before the Enchanted Tiki Room show begins, guests wait in the Tiki garden where statues of tiki gods describe themselves.

Maui: My name is Maui, but teenagers call me Maui Wowie. My kids run late and that’s a crock, so I invented the first clock.

Koro: A low ha! Wahanana wikiwiki banana. I am Koro, disco dancer! Today I no feel much like dancing. Big hangover! But last night, all tiki friends have big time back at my pad. Big party! When drums beat out the funky jive, I dance and sing to “Staying Alive.”

Tangaroa-Ru: Kids call me Tangaroa-Ru, the blustery ooooooooone!

Kanga: And I am Kanga, mother of Ru.

Tangaroa-Ru: Me gentle fella get caught in rain, float around in turned-over umbrella.

Pele: I am Pele, goddess of hooligans and soccer. Some say I am no fun to play with, for when my thuggish temper rises, the game is called for massive violence!

Ngendi: Legends say I balancing my checkbook, but sad to say, I’m overdrawn.

Pele: I’m the one who’s set to hollar. Ngendi owes me twenty dollars!

Rongo: Me Rongo, god of global culture. The world so good to me, I got time to make sport of how people talk. Me tell grammar correctors, go fly kite!

Tangaroa: [Gong] I am Tangaroa, father of all the tiki gods. Here before you I appear as an unbending tree. Stand back! [Gong] Oh magic branches end your sport, and bring forth checks of child support! [Gong and chimes]

Enchanted Tiki Room

Over the years, there have been numerous small changes to the Enchanted Tiki Room show. Even so, it remains a timeless class. Here we present the original show script, as it was the first day Walt Disney presented this attraction to the world. We’re sure you will agree that it is as relevant today as it was those many years ago.

Female cast member: Welcome to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Room, paid for entirely by a generous donation from our friends at Dole Pineapple. I’d like to introduce you to the star of our show José. José , wake up!

José: Caw! Burritos dais, señiorita. My siestas was too short, but this is better than picking grapes. Oh, what a lot of people. Welcome, people, to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room presented by our friends at Dole Pineapple. Hey Michael, me gringo. Wake up, it’s show time.

Michael: Aye captain, and what dear lads and lassies these be sittin’ below me. Pierre you bonnie lad, let’s put on the show.

Pierre: Moaning me, I am always ready to, how do you say, “putting on the show.” [Whistles] Pardon me, madam, that whistle was not for the view down your blouse, but for my friend Fritz.

Fritz: Ach imleavin! I almost fell out of rank! Glad to see so many people all in nice orderly rows. Mine Führer, what are you staring at? We had better get this biergarten moving.

Michael: Aye lad, but first we must wake up the fair lassies in the glee club.

Sounds of other birds chirping and singing

José: Tormé! Tormé! It’s show time.

All birds: In the pina-, pina-, pinia-, pina-napple room. In the pina-, pina-, pinia-, pina-napple room.

José: All the birds sing songs.

Michael: Of our favorite fruit, in the pina-, pina-, pinia-, pina-napple room.

José: Welcome to our succulent aviary, made of teak wood and birch. I’d come down there and give you a kiss, if I weren’t nailed to my perch. All together!

All birds: In the pina-, pina-, pinia-, pina-napple room. In the pina-, pina-, pinia-, pina-napple room.

José: All the birds sing songs

Michael: Of our favorite fruit, in the pina-, pina-, pinia-, pina-napple room.

Fritz: I am so glorious, I should start a fourth reich.

José: Yes, so rank we can’t stand you.

Pierre: My singing may not be perfect, but my voice, it is a treat.

Michael: More like a retreat, I’d say. Isn’t that right Herr Fritz?

Fritz: Whoo, whoo! I think Pierre’s circuits have no resistance.

José: Me burritos, stop the chatter, you sound like Congress is in session. There are many more birds here who want a turn.

Michael: The boy’s in the back are called dodo birds.

José: ‘Cause they don’t know the words?

Michael: ‘Cause they’re dodos and birds! And the big crowd of birds is all passenger pigeons, in such a big bunch that they block your vision.

Bird chirping, gunfire

José: The elephant bird won’t take any bunk, but will get up and leave with a packed-up trunk. The birds you have as pets might fly away or die, but the Tiki Room birds are made to not even try.

All birds: In the pina-, pina-, pinia-, pina-napple room. In the pina-, pina-, pinia-, pina-napple room

José: All the birds sing songs

Michael: Of our favorite fruit

All birds: In the pina-, pina-, pinia-, pina-napple room.

José: Our pinapple-sponsored show is really very neat, and all of the birds have gears in them instead of meat. We know that once you’ve seen the show you’re sure to laude it, and run out to the store to buy the sponsor’s product!

All birds: In the pina-, pina-, pinia-, pina-napple room. In the pina-, pina-, pinia-, pina-napple room. All the birds sing songs of our favorite fruit in the pina-, pina-, pinia-, pina-napple room.

José: Let’s give all the birdies a big batch of the clap.

Pierre: We, we — applaud! Applaud!

José: And now señiors and señiorettas please turn your taco tasters to the middle. Of the place, that is. We now present the Magically Delicious Dole Whip Fountain.

Fritz: Ach du witerzein! And the wonderbra tweet mobile. There are birds on it that march around in perfect rows and tweet. That’s why they call it the tweet mobile.

Michael: Aye, and a bonnie breeze of lassies there are.

Pierre: Mydamn and masseuse, I present to you the lovely ladies, just like La Cage but with plumper plumage. Barbara, Paula, Marta, Sherrie, Daisy, Bruce Lee.

José: Columbo, where is my little Rosita


Tweet mobile birds: Let’s all eat what the birdies eat. Dole, Dole, Dole, Dole, Dole. Let’s all eat what the birdies eat. It’s good for your soul. Let’s swallow a whole pineapple. Dig it like a mole. Take your time, eat some fruit, sing out loud, don’t be cute. Dole, Dole, Dole, Dole, Dole.

José [imitating Bing Crosby]: Let’s all eat what the birdies eat. Pineapple, p-pineapple, p-pineapple.

Michael [imitating Al Jolson]: Let’s all eat what the birdies eat. Oh Mammy, Mammy floating on the Swanie.

Pierre [imitating Joe Penner]: Let’s all gobble down pineapples. Hey, wanna buy a duck? Have a snack with the birds, please don’t choke on the words, sing that sponsored song.

José: Now we want all of you watching to start squawking. In the all together now.

José leads audience in singing the delicious Dole pineapple song.

José: Si, si! Applause! Cheer your mariachis.

Fritz: Wonderbra! Wonderbra! That was better than beer and pretzels.

Pierre: Ah, magnifeet!

José: Si, no one blew a fuse but me.

Michael: And now laddies and lassies we have a loch-sized treat for you.

Fritz: Yeah, the Führer commands that you enjoy it.

Pierre: Moaningme, do not speak if you can not speak correctly. Masseur and metamucil, now we present entertainment better than Jerry Lewis — le singing flowers

Flowers: Ta too ee de plane e plane e la e la
Ay you he a la we he she they a he la
Pu pu tray to me be see lay I la
Hand u hippo cheetah pubah leechee

Runa way
Ahhhh da kil la
Runa way
Ahhh da kil la.

I weigh ah lahahot
I weigh a lahahot

Blah, blah, you way a lot
Blah, blah, you way a lot.

Ta too e yo ma yo ma she ga na dis oh nya
An you pierce a la you pa pa ga na dis oh nya
Bu you fren to say you so so coo la
Hand lip teeth eye lashee
Hand lip teeth eye lashee

Runa way
Ahhhh da kil la
Runa way
Ahhh da kil la, da kil la, da kil la, daaaa killll laaaa

Totem poles chant invocation for Armageddon then reprise followed by darkness, thunder, and shrieking children.

Pierre: Croissant! I think a new king is raining.

José: Either that or you finally took a shower.

Fritz: Silence! The mighty Thor has been enraged by the bad jokes and horrible stereotypes. We should retreat to our bunker.

Pierre: Mouser and milan, it’s time to bid you dudu,. We hope you will treasure the time we have spent together in Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room sponsored by the princely people at Dole.

Birds: The birdies ate their fruit.

Birds chirp

Birds: You heard the flowers toot.

Flowers: No toot flow wa we do sing

Birds: Statues play on drums.

Tikis play drums

Birds: Evil totems chant.

Totems summon Chernabog

Birds: Goodbye and pineapple to you.

José: Oil, olay! Applause. Let’s give our glorious sponsor a standing ovation. Up, up I say. Everybody stand up and thank Dios for pineapple. Olay!

Michael: And now I canna hold it any longer, captain.

José: Si, we have a spectacular joke for you.

Fritz: Yeah, a wonderbra joke. Everybody put out your arms, pretend you have branches, now make like a tree and leave!

Stages in Attraction Show Writing

23 Apr 2012 Show Writing

The stages in the process of writing an attraction tend to vary from project to project depending on the specific requirements, but you are correct in assuming there is a general pattern to the process. However, the “Guest Experience” is not necessarily the first of the stages leading up to the script draft. There are, in fact, several documents that are generally produced before we reach that point, although those preliminary stages may not necessarily be submitted to the client.

The usual pattern is similar to the process you’d take if you were composing a feature film screenplay, though the nomenclature occasionally deviates. The basic idea is that you start out very brief and general in your descriptions, investing as little time as possible in the process. You present it to the powers that be and if they say “no,” then you go back to the drawing board, knowing that you haven’t wasted a lot of time, energy, and money on a rejected approach. When you finally get a go-ahead, you go on to the next stage, which is more elaborate and time consuming. And so it goes, step by step, progressively moving from the simplest expression of the idea (a “high concept”) to the fullest, most complete version (a finished script). Each step has to be approved, and if you follow the procedure, you shouldn’t have to backtrack very often.

Here are the usual steps in the process (at least the way we do it at ITEC):

1.) High Concept – This is the basic idea, the show premise, boiled down to the fewest number of words possible. A “1-liner,” if you will. If you can get the basic thrust of the story/attraction across in one short line, then chances are you have a strong concept. For example, here’s the high concept I came up with for The Saint Michael Mystery, an attraction ITEC created in Prague, Czech Republic: “An unsettling walking tour through the tortured imagination of the Czech writer Franz Kafka.”

2.) Conceptual Overview – A slightly longer description of the attraction, boiled down to a single paragraph. Expanding slightly on the high concept, you try to get across some idea of what the attraction is ABOUT in fairly general terms (but not necessarily WHAT HAPPENS). It can contain some reference to methodology, but few, if any, specifics. Again, an example from The St. Michael Mystery: “Guests embark on an impressive walking tour that takes them through a series of atmospheric set pieces inspired by the life and stories of Franz Kafka. Such ‘Kafkaesque’ themes as alienation, bureaucratic neglect, and existential angst are brought to life in a sequence of environments enhanced by disconcerting special effects, eerie lighting, and evocative music and sound effects.”

3.) Guest Experience Outline – Just like the outlines you used to compose for school term papers. Basically, a list of everything that the audience will see, hear, touch, taste, smell, whatever, from beginning to end. The big emphasis here is the major story points and how you will get them across. But it’s just a framework, very skeletal, with few if any details. The goal here is to establish and verify the STRUCTURE of the guest experience in a manner that allows everyone involved to see the big picture before you move on to the next stage.

4.) Guest Experience – Once you have an approved outline, you can start fleshing it out as a complete Guest Experience, “connecting the dots” of the major points. This is a lot like a motion picture “treatment.” In essence, it’s a description of the attraction from the point of view of the guest, describing everything he or she experiences. Written in present tense to give it a sense of immediacy. (From the outline, you can write a sketchier version of the guest experience before you tackle the full guest experience, if that helps.)

5.) Script Outline – Not every attraction requires an actual script. Some attractions have no dialogue. In others, say a roller coaster for instance, the only script might be for the load spiel, or maybe a short pre-show video. A few attractions, on the other hand, are ALL spiel (a few years ago I wrote about half an hour’s worth of new recorded narration for the scenic railway that circles Stone Mountain Park, near Atlanta, Georgia; it was an existing ride, so my narration script essentially became the entire show.) If there are several key points to be made in the script, you might as well compose a script outline to help you get it all straight and assure that you don’t miss any important items.

6.) Show Script – Okay, NOW it’s time to write the actual script. How much goes into that script beyond narration, dialogue, music cues, audio effects cues, and special effects cues will depend on the project. Yes, sometimes you will be asked to include text (“display copy”) to go onto specific props, signage, and scenic elements (I was once hired to compose fake “headlines” for dozens of newspapers as part of a newsstand set). Other times, such tasks will fall to the art director or some other member of the design team. So it really depends on the client and the project.

Again, different projects have different requirements, so the above sequence doesn’t always apply. There may be additional steps or fewer. But the general direction is always the same: start with the simplest expression of the experience and then, as you move through the approval stages, progressively flesh it out until you have your finished script or guest experience.

I hope this clarifies the issue for you, Will. Good luck!

Adam Berger

Writer /  ITEC Entertainment Corporation

The Disney Jungle Cruise Spiel

20 Apr 2012 Show Writing

We have made this list in an effort to preserve the many hundreds of witty jokes that have been “spieled” on Disney’s Jungle Cruise for the last 45 years since Disneyland opened. Many of the very best lines are lost over time as even the official Disney scripts change every few years. We hope that this will be a permanent repository for some of the best (and worst) humor ever delivered in the “Tropical rivers of the world.” This is not an official script.

While in line:

Those of you adventurers entering the world-famous Jungle Cruise, please notice there are two lines, one on the right and the other on the left. If you’d like to keep your family together, please stay in the same line. However, if there is someone in your family you’d like to get rid of, just put them in the opposite line and you’ll never see them again.

Ladies and gentlemen, your attention, please. Would the party that lost the roll of 50 $20.00 bills, wrapped in a red rubber band, please report to the turnstile … we have good news for you. We found your rubber band.

To speed things up, we ask that you tell the loaders — the men who will be helping you into the boats — how many there are in your party. For instance, if there are four people in your party, say “Hi, Mr. Smiling Boat Loader, there are four people in my party…” and he will save you four seats. If there are eight people in your party, say ” Hi, Mr. Smiling Boat Loader, there are eight people in my party…” and he will save you four seats.

Those of you who have just entered the Jungle Cruise are probably resigned to the fact that, being at the end of the line, you have a long wait. Well, we aim to please here at the world-famous Jungle Cruise. So, on the count of three, I want everyone to turn around. One … Two … Three. There- those at the back of the line are now at the front. Doesn’t that make you feel better?

Your attention, please. We do not allow cutting in line here at the world-famous Jungle Cruise. Anyone caught with a pair of scissors will be asked to leave.

There are 87 varieties of poisonous snakes on the North American continent. We at the Jungle Cruise are proud of the fact that we have 82 of these varieties in the wooden rafters directly over your heads. Fear not, though, they will NOT attack a moving target, so please try to keep the line moving. If the line won’t move, simply run in place.

Today only, ladies and gentlemen, we will be allowing veterans to board the world-famous Jungle Cruise without waiting… veterans of the Civil War, that is, in full dress uniforms, accompanied by their great grand parents and their horse. Everyone else will have to wait in line.

Some of our scouts here at the world-famous Jungle Cruise claim they have spotted tigers in the waiting area the last couple of days. But we know that’s ridiculous. After all, tigers are striped, not spotted.

We have some pretty smart animals back in the jungle. Take monkeys, for example. You ask them to name one of their relatives, and they go ape. And snakes, they’re pretty clever too. Ask them what the 19th letter of the alphabet is and they’ll say S-S-S-S-S. Tigers are known for their intelligence, but you can’t trust them. Yeah, you never know when they might be a lyin’ (lion). But I think rhinoceroses are by far the smartest animals in the jungle. Just last week, I asked what four minus four is, and he said nothing.

Adventurers and adventurettes, horseplay is not allowed while waiting to board the world-famous Jungle Cruise. If you want to play with your horse, you’ll have to do it elsewhere. We do, however, allow you to monkey around in line just as long as you don’t go bananas.

It’s a four-hour wait from there. Have you been upstairs yet?

Other Assorted Jokes:

What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhinoceros? Eckiphino. Well, that’s not really what you get, but you must understand, this is a family attraction.

Why did the elephant ride on the Jungle Cruise? Frankly, I don’t know, but I wish someone would find out- he’s sunk five of our boats in the last week alone.

Why did the ape get a job? He was tired of monkeying around. Why did the elephant quit his job? He was tired of working for peanuts.

Knock, Knock… Who’s there? … Toucan. … Toucan Who? … Toucan not fit through the turnstiles at the same time.

Knock, Knock… Who’s there? … Safari. … Safari Who? … Safari, so good. You’ll be on the Jungle Cruise in just a few minutes.

Boat Loading:

That cushion in that back of the boat is actually a whoopee cushion. Don’t believe me, go ahead sit down. (People sit, Skipper makes farting sound over PA.) How embarrassing and in front of people you don’t even know.

(To the boat loader) So how does that new vacuum of yours work? Boat loader: It sucks!

Watch your step as you enter the boat. If you’re entering from the back, come up to the front. If you’re in the front, just follow the simple instructions of your simple-minded loader.

Please listen to the boat loaders. They used to work in a sardine factory until they got canned. They didn’t mind too much though- they worked for scale.

Come all the way to the front- up by me. There’s no truth to the rumor that you get a longer ride in back.

Slide all the way forward now… That’s the only way we have of keeping the cushions clean!

Some of you might want to come up and sit on our sacrificial altar (pointing to the center cushion). We like to balance out the boat so when we sink, we go down evenly.

Please move in together as close as possible and try to cover up all of the blue seat cushions. There have been extensive scientific studies that have proven that the color blue attracts deadly flying piranhas. (Using color of boat for blue.)

Please remember that the tighter you get the better the heating system on the boat works.

(As people load in the back) There’s no dancing in the back there, folks… no dancing… you will have to be seated. Dancing is only allowed on the promenade deck.

If you could just sit in the doorway there- it keeps the wild animals out and the chickens and turkeys in.

I get paid for the number of people I take out… not the number I bring back!

Don’t worry if it’s crowded now… there’ll be lots of room on the way back.

How many of you are on the Jungle Cruise for the first time? Good! So am I.

Let’s get one thing straight… if we start to sink, the captain will be going down with the boat. I’d like you to meet your new captain (looking at nearby guest)… What did you say your name was?

Those of you sitting in the back are going to get a charge out of this trip. Yeah- you’re sitting on thebattery. Some people find that revolting, but I think that there is a positive and negative side to everything. Shocking, isn’t it.

Pulling away from the dock:

Were out of here like a bad LA football team.

Well, folks, there’s the Jungle, and as Captain EO used to say (in a high voice) “Fire up the thrusters! We’re going in!”

Welcome aboard the Leaki Tiki. Adventure lovers, my name is (name) and I’ll be your captain- unless we run into trouble- in which case your new captain will be taking over. (Looking at nearby guest)… What did you say your name was?

Hello, everyone. I’d like to welcome you aboard the world-famous Jungle Cruise. My name is (name) and I’ll be your skipper for as far as we get.

Hello, everyone, and welcome aboard the Jungle Cruise. My name is (name), and I’ll be your skipper, guide, social director, and dance instructor for the next three months.

Hello everyone and welcome aboard the World famous Jungle Cruise. My name is (name) and I’ll be your SKIPPER today — on a three hour tour. (pause) On a three hour tour. (the last line should sound like the gilligan’s island song a bit more than the first one)

Where are you from (sir/madam)? (Guest answers) Sorry? (Guest repeats) Oh- I heard you the first time, I was just sorry.

Everyone turn around and wave good-bye to the folks back on the dock… They may never see you again.

Now, let’s everyone turn around and wave good-bye to those people on the dock we’ve left behind. (In low voice) Come on folks… pretend like you’re having a good time.

OK… before we go much further, everyone raise your right hand and repeat after me. “I hope…. we do return.” Good! Better turn and take one last look at the dock- you may never see it again!

Before I came to the Jungle, I worked in an orange juice factory, but I got canned because I couldn’t concentrate. My boss almost beat the pulp out of me…

You know they saw you can always judge the quality of a ride by it’s line, well how long did you folks wait? My point exactly. (Good at night with short lines)

Hello and welcome to the world famous Jungle Cruise. My name is (name) and I’ll be your captain, cruise director and dance instructor for the next five exciting days and six romantic nights.

A Jungle Cruise version of the Haunted Mansion spiel:

Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding, almost as though you sense a disquieting metamorphosis. Is this boat actually leaving the dock? Or is it your imagination? And consider this dismaying observation: this boat is completely surrounded with water, and I’m you skipper. Which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out! Of course you could always swim away!!! (flash lights on and off and make the sound of thunder at night)

Other Disney Attraction spiels to repeat for rowdy crowds and annual passholders:

Ala Pirates of the Caribbean: (In a high voice) I think you knows too much. You’ve seen the cursed treasure. You know where it be hidden. You may not survive to pass this way again. (Deep echoing voice) DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. . .

(In high pitched pioneer voice from Thunder mountain) No hold on to those hats and glasses folks. Cause this here is the WILDEST RIDE IN THE WILDERNESS!

“Cinnamon Toast and Taco’s In the door.” In case you have ever wondered what the spanish speaking announcement is saying in the line for the Matterhorn Bobsled ride – that’s the translation, folks!

Welcome to Fantasmic, tonight our friend and host Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to create magical imagery for all to enjoy. Nothing is more wonderful than the imagination, for in a moment you can enjoy a beautiful fantasy- or an exciting adventure. But beware, because it can also turn your greatest fears into an overwhelming nightmare. Are the powers of Mickey’s imagination strong enough, or bright enough to withstand the evil that invades Mickey’s dreams? You are about to find out. So sit back, relax and experience fantasmic. A journey beyond your wildest imagination. . .

Rain Forest:

As we leave the last outpost of civilization, we travel deep into the mouth of the Irrawaddy river of Asia into a tropical rain forests, where it rains some 365 days a year. (Alternate: We’re now leaving the last outpost of civilization and entering the jungle by way of the Irrawaddy river of Burma.)

As you can see, countless varieties of plant life grow in abundance here. In fact, we’ve counted more than 100 varieties of rare bromeliads in this area. Many of these tropical plants get their nourishment simply from the air.

Now please watch out for these carnivorous vines (pointing). Last week, one of them reached into the back of the boat and pulled a woman right out. It was awful! And just before she disappeared, she was feeling just vine.

(Pointing) In fact she was sitting right where that (lady/man/girl/boy) in (color) is sitting!

Feel that mist on your faces… Don’t worry that’s only the monkeys in the trees.

Feel that mist on your faces… Don’t worry that’s only poisonous bacteria that will eat you all alive

Indiana Jones Ride:

Look here we have a bunch a very strange jungle species, ya see that one there (pointing to a male) the one with the wider hips that’s the female of the species.

Look here we have a bunch of Asian albino hairless apes. Ya watch (waves to people, they wave back) monkey see, monkey do.

Over there is what we call the Indiana Jones Adventure and the Temple of the Four-Hour Line.

Those folks over there are all lost, looking for the Jungle Cruise I think. Hey guys! The Jungle Cruise is that way!

Ancient Shrine:

See those crocodiles over there we have trained the to stay perfectly still so you can take better pictures.

Do you know what the difference between the crocodiles and alligators are. The crocodiles are made of plastic and the alligators are made with fiberglass.

You know the crocs are always looking for a hand out. Ya but be careful, I once had an English teacher on board and she didn’t listen to me and now she’s teaching shorthand.

Just so you know, all of the animals at the world famous Jungle Cruise are real. Except for the ducks. They are mounted on rails, just like the boats.

Elephant Pool:

Look here…it’s the republican national convention. You can take picture because they all have their trunks on. Oh by the way… If you want to see the Democrats they’re back at the Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fools.

And it looks like a whole herd has come down to bathe! Don’t scare them now… of course, the big shot gets the private shower… but I kind of like the little squirts myself.

And look at all the elephants out here today! This comes as a complete surprise to me cause I had no idea these guys were going to be here. If you want to take pictures go ahead- all the elephants have their trunks on.

And just ahead, you’ll notice an alligator playing with an elephant. That’s something you don’t see everyday. (Long pause) But I do.

See that elephant right there, that’s the richest elephant in the whole jungle. Yeah – it’s ‘Donald Trunk’.

Hey look (pointing at the elephant facing away from the boat). There’s a full moon in the jungle tonight.

Bengal Tiger:

(In low voice) That’s no house cat over there. Bengal Tigers can jump over 20 feet, and we must be at least, well… 19 feet away! Don’t worry, he’ll jump right over us.

That Bengal Tiger over there weighs about 500 pounds. He’s looking right at you (sir/ma’am)- better keep smiling.

That Bengal Tiger can jump up to 35,000 feet…out of a plane that is.

Everyone look at that huge Bengal Tiger! Bengal Tigers weigh 500 pound and can jump over 20 feet.

Squirting Elephant:

As we leave the elephant pool, we head into… uh-oh- a big one is coming up on the right and it looks like he’s aiming for us! (Elephant squirts over bow and goes down again, then comes up) Oh no! He’s coming up again – you folks on the right get down! Well… I guess he didn’t have time to reload. (Or) Well… I guess he didn’t have enough trunk space.

OK, we’re leaving the elephants now and pressing further into the… Wait a second, it looks like one of the larger elephants did not want to be disturbed. He’s coming up again… you folks in the back get down! (After elephant does not squirt) Sir in the (middle/back)- that was very clever the way you hid behind your (child / wife / that lady… do you know her?)

As we leave the elephant pool, we head into… uh-oh- a big one is coming up on the right and it looks like he’s aiming for us! (Elephant squirts over bow and goes down again, then comes up) Oh no! He’s coming up again- you folks on the right get down! (Elephant comes up but does not squirt — make a silly laugh at them) I guess he forgot to reload.

Safari Outpost:

You know, a lot of safaris camp around this area. Hmm…. that could be one up ahead. (Points) Uh-oh… this one has some uninvited house guests! They do have a unique way of washing the dishes. (Points to water) Those gorillas sure did a sloppy job parking that jeep! But I guess monkeying around comes naturally to ’em.

You know, a lot of safaris camp around this area. Hmm…. that could be one up ahead. (Points) Uh-oh… this one has some uninvited house guests! One of those gorillas is going to have an eye opening experience. Should be mind blasting. I couldn’t get that jeep started. They got it to turn over.

Well, safari so goodi. Let’s move along.

Nothing to be concerned about. Just a bunch of gorillas having a good time. I wouldn’t get too close, though. They may look like a nice bunch, but let me tell you- those guys are really animals.

Now please, if you’re wearing yellow, don’t make any noises like a banana… it drives them ape! They find it very appealing.

Ah, that explains things! It looks like that safari has some uninvited house guests! (pause) (Yelling to gorillas) Hey! Where’d you guys learns to parallel park anyway? (Back to guests) Ah, they’re not listening. I guess they’re too busy monkeying around.


Since we are in an area filled with rare tropical foliage, I’d like to take a moment to point out some of the plants to you. There’s one, there’s one… (Point left, point rear left, point right, etc)

I’d like to take a moment to point out the plant life and tell you everything I know about them. (point with silence)

Anybody know the names of those? Anybody? Oh well.

See that bamboo over there? It grows to be 6 stories tall, but people say it can grow to 7 stories but that’s a whole other story.

Gorillas & Crocodile:

Now there’s a croc with a snappy personality! Ha- he’s going to get himself a knuckle sandwich if he’s not careful.

Well, will you look at that- some of the camp’s food made it downstream. But I don’t think it’s going to waste.

Look there that’s something you don’t see every day… I do.. Every day every 15 minutes

Schweitzer Falls:

(Skipper has back to falls, distracted by the gorilla/croc scene) Uh- oh, lean in back there! Lean in! (Motions to guests and spins wheel around) Whew! That was close!

And now, we’re approaching the beautiful Schweitzer Falls, named after that famous African explorer, Dr. Albert Falls.

This is the backside of Schweitzer Falls, named for the backside of the famous explorer, Dr. Albert Falls.

Ahead is beautiful Schweitzer Falls, and I (wheel appears to jam and skipper tries to free) Oh no! You folks in the back lean in! Duck! Whew! That was close! (Best to use body language with all foreign crowds)

Don’t worry about the waterfall; it won’t get you wet. The water in the falls, like everything else at Disneyland, is completely synthetic. To the left is the beautiful Schweitzer Falls, and if you look over here to your right…. and then back to your left, you can have a second look at Schweitzer Falls.

Nile River:

We’ve turned on to the Nile river of Africa, the longest river in the world, winding across more than 4000 miles.

We’ve now turned down the Nile River the longest river in all of Anaheim that’s right a whole 200 feet.

We’ve now turned down the Nile River and if you don’t believe that you must be in denial.

Bull Elephants: Up on the Elephants bank, we have African bull elephants. Those enormous ears and great tusks distinguish them from the Indian elephants we saw earlier.

Do you know how you can tell that that’s an African elephant? (wait for response)… It’s because we’re in Africa

On the left bank there- it’s a huge bull elephant. The large sloping forehead and enormous ears mark the African bull; the second most feared animal in the jungle. On the other, THE most feared animal in the jungle- his mother in law

Look there, that’s Skippy (alt: Speedy, Dumbo) the fastest elephant in the jungle watch (lights first elephant then flashes it to the elephant on the right) Pretty amazing huh?

African Veldt:

Look at that family of baboons, there’s Pat & Shirley Baboon, Daniel Baboon, and the hair stylist Vidal Baboon .

Don’t worry kids! That zebra is just sleeping. Those lions are his friends!

The Lions are protecting the sleeping zebra.

Do you know why it’s so hard to eat zebra? You keep getting white meat – dark meat – white meat – dark meat.

Look it’s Simba and Nala from the Lion King.

How do you tell the difference between the male and female Zebras? The males have black and white stripes and the females have white and black stripes.

(Pointing) By the look of those baboons up there, something’s up on the great African veldt. Ah-ha! It looks like that pride of lions has made a kill, and the clean-up crew, those hungry vultures, are waiting for their share. This region points out the basic law of the jungle- “survival of the fittest.”

Oh, it looks like the entire baboon family has come down to the water’s edge today, along with the other residents of the African veldt. See the striped animals over there? Those are zebras. And the big tall ones with the long necks? Those are giraffes. And the black ones over here with horns- well, I’ve never seen them before. They must be gnu!

We’re about to enter the Africa veldt, an immense grassland home to an endless variety of wildlife- baboons, wildebeests, giraffes, gazelles, gnus, g-lions, g-zebras. (hard g-sounds)

Here’s a little advice. Never play poker in the jungle, because there are lots of cheetahs around. If they say they’re not a cheetah, then they’re probably just a lion.

Okay, I have a confession to make. I was once the second giraffe on the grassy knoll.

Up on the grassy knoll, a fake giraffe is choking on a plastic leaf.

Just for your information, all of the animals here on the veldt are real. But their feet have been bolted to the ground for your safety.

(Pointing to Lions eating zebra) Over there is the original hard rock cafe.

Over there is an example of the first Law of the Jungle: Don’t be a zebra.

Watch out for those vultures folks, they are always looking for charrion bags.

Trapped Safari (Rhino):

There’s that lost safari we’ve been looking for. Obviously mixed up in some kind of native uprising. That rhino seems to be getting his point across, and I’m sure that guy on the bottom will get the point in the end! Hey I know that guy on the bottom, his names Juan. Ya, and it looks like that rhino is going to get a hole in Juan. Well, bottoms up, fellows!

Uh-oh… look! That safari’s in a tight spot there. But that rhino seems more than willing to give them a lift.

On the bottom, there’s Ahontis. Looks like the Rhino is trying to poke Ahontis.

Well- you know what they say… safari, so good-ee. So I guess we’ll be moving on.

Hippo Pool:

We are now turning onto a pool of dangerous hippos, so please, sit still and don’t rock the boat. These huge creatures are quite curious and could easily upset our boat. So please, don’t do anything that might attract them!

Last week, they overturned six of our boats… only FIVE of them were MINE, though!

Don’t worry, the natives tell me that they are only dangerous when they wiggle their ears and blow bubbles….

Don’t worry, the natives tell me that they are only dangerous when they climb up in the trees and start doing big hippo cannon balls right down on top of us

How many of you are willing to go on? (Show of hands) How many of you want to turn back? How many of you are apathetic about the situations? Uh-oh… it looks like one of them’s going to try to charge our boat! (shoots) Looks like we’ve scared them off. I bet he’ll have a headache tomorrow!If we’re all real quiet, you can sometimes hear the baby hippos calling for their mothers. (Low voice) Shhh- be real quite now… listen …. (leaning out of boat, yells) “Hey mom!”

Uh oh, that large hippo is going to attack us! Watch out! (shoots) I just saved your lives, folks. (pause) YOUR WELCOME! (If applause) Please. . . . Don’t. . . . Stop. . .. . Please don’t stop!

Now as we enter the Hippo pool, I want to tell you about a ancient ritual that they have… They place their young in the trees to feed on the leaves until they are 6000lbs and then they cannon ball through the jungle foliage to the boats below and sink them to the bottom of the jungle rivers a whole 2.5 feet down. Oh, look there’s one now (shoots up into the trees).

Entering HeadHunter Country:

We are now entering the most dangerous part of our journey. Shhh. . . This is a bad place to be headed.

Over there are the remains of my last crew. (pointing to the skull canoe) You can tell they had a good time. Look, they are still smiling! That’s what happens after about 10 hours at Disneyland, folks. Those smiles are just plastered right on their faces.

We’re entering headhunter country now… be very quiet. In that canoe over there… the remains of my last crew. They had a good time, even to the end- they’re still smiling.

Shhh… we’re entering headhunter country now… don’t make a sound. In that canoe over there… some of the native’s arts and crafts. Art’s the one on the top!

We’re not out of danger yet- this is headhunter territory. Remove your jewelry please. The natives have been complaining of indigestion.

I wouldn’t worry too much about the headhunters. They normally only attack children wearing glowing jewelry (for night cruises)

Native Village:

The natives seem to be celebrating the kill of that lion… maybe we can sneak by. Don’t attract their attention.

I studied their language in college lets see if I can translate for you… Put your right foot in, shake it all about, Put your right foot out, shake it all about…

Hey look it’s the Village People, let’s see what they’re saying.. Y-M-C-A…

This group is trying to come up with a name for themselves for their upcoming CD, they have two choices, either the Village People or Fine Young Cannibals.

Attacking Natives:

Keep your eyes on these bushes on the right there. (Turns around quickly) They’re on the LEFT this time.

(Pick the color of the shirt of a child) Head hunters always attack kids wearing (blank) colored shirts

Uh-oh, it looks like a native war party on the left. You folks, please get down on the floor. (Makes whooshing sound into mike) Ah, those are spears by the way.

sshhh sshhh shhh sshhh shhh (eventually changes from shhh sound into a panting sound. Then in a surfer dude’s voice) WHOA! Great sound effects!

Women and children- stand up! All the men- get down! If they hit you with a spear, just pull it out and throw it back at them- we’re not allowed to keep souvenirs. We certainly don’t want you to be stuck with it for the rest of the trip.

On the left, a friendly group of native traders. Ukka Mucka Lucka… Ubonga Swahili Ungawa… Wagga Kuna Nui Ka… It’s a good thing I speak their language. (Turns to guest) They want to trade their coconuts for your (wife/child/husband)… I think we should hold out for at least four.

Okay ladies and gentlemen the natives usually attack from the right hand side of the boat. (Native attack) Wait one minute here! What are you guys doing on the left side of the boat? You know I told you to attack from the right and another thing what are you doing just standing looking stupid with those spears in your hand your supposed to throw them! Get back down and try that one again! (Timing is right so the natives go back down on skippers command)

If you get hit by a spear, pull it out at throw it back. You can’t keep souveniers. We wouldn’t want you to get stuck with one.


Beautiful Schweitzer Falls is upon us again. The overhanging rock formation will afford us a different view this time. I have a special treat for you, folks. You may never have seen this before… there it is- the backside of water!

Now hold onto your seat cushions because we’re about to do something really special- no extra charge. Are you ready? We’re now going UNDER water!


On that old stump there are spectacular toucans, some of the most colorful birds in the jungle.

Toucan do much better than one can.

Over there are three toucans- also known as a six pack of birds.

Rapids of Kilimanjaro:

Uh-oh, up ahead- the treacherous rapids of Kilimanjaro. Very sharp and dangerous rocks through here… notice the huge waves crashing against our hull. (Makes crashing wave sounds in mike)

Ho hum… here we are at the famous rapids of Kilimanjaro. We’ll probably have to shoot them. (Leans over and shoots rapids with thumb and index finger.)

(Steering wheel back and forth) Notice the skill and finesse your skipper uses to guide the boat through safely. Those of you who wish to take pictures, feel free.

If we start sinking, we’ll have to lighten our load. (Turns to guest) You folks over there want to get your belongings together? You may be leaving us shortly.

That last rock on the right is a 1:100 scale model of the Matterhorn Bobsled ride! (check it out, it really looks like it. .. )

Hang on… we’re coming across some white water here. One of those jagged rocks could easily rip the bottom right out of our boat. If we start to go down, just grab for the bright red seat cushions. (color not on boat) They’re the only ones that float.

We’re now entering the incredibly dangerous white water rapids of Kilimanjaro. Grab hold of something solid, like those safety bars of the person next to you because we’re going to be bouncing up and down a lot! (jumps up and down, side to side) Whew! Did you feel the sheer power of that?

On the right here are some fascinating rock formations. Really interesting. It’s sad though. I come through here all the time, point these out to people, but they just take them for granite. (Alternate: See that rock right there, it’s actually made of limestone, but many of my crews just take it for granite.)

Python/Water Buffaloes:

Hey look there, what kind of snake is that? (People answer with the names of kinds of snake) No, it a plastic snake.

Python’s are one of the less intelligent animals in the jungle. If they were smart do you think that he would be hugging that dead tree stump when food is all around him.

Up ahead is our pet snake, Monty. (pause) Monty is a python

Yup, there’s one little python, sitting in a tree, H…I…S…S…I…N…G

Uh-oh… Look ahead there! A huge python. It looks like he tried to put the squeeze on that baby water buffalo… Actually, he’s very affectionate, and if we get much closer, he could get a crush on you!

And on the left, a huge python, one of the jungle’s most fascinating and studied creatures. After all, look at all the animals that totally get wrapped up in the subject!

That huge python is over 24 feet long and known to swallow little children whole!

Trader Sam:

There’s old Trader Sam, head salesman of the area. Business has been shrinking lately, so this week only, Sam’s offering a two-for-one special: two of his, for one of yours!

There’s old Trader Sam… Three explorers came through here last week and Sam invited them for dinner. When he told them what the menu was, they completely lost their heads.I got their late. All I got was the cold shoulder and some finger food.Trader Sam was thrown out of college, ya, he was caught buttering up one of his professors, now he’s a psychologist. You can tell who is clients are, he a shrink to the ones on the left and the ones on the right are his basket cases.

Return to Civilization:
Thank You for riding and have a good day. And as Michael Jackson would say (In a feminine voice)

Thank You for riding and have a good day. And as Charley Browns teacher would say (In the teachers weird voice) Wa, wa, wa…etc. And now as Millie Vanilli would say (mouths the words) Thank You for riding and have a good day.

And now, probably the most dangerous part of our journey- the return to civilization! I certainly hope you’ve enjoyed our cruise. However, if your in-laws are still with you, you’ve missed a golden opportunity. However, bring them back later tonight for our “in-law” special… halfway for half fare, no questions asked.

Well we’ve laughed and we’ve cried. We’ve almost died! I love you like family. Now get out! I’m sorry, that was rude. Please get out.

And now, the most dangerous part of our journey- the return to civilization and those California freeways. Talk about a jungle!

The Jungle Cruise was brought to you in part today my the letters, “e”, “r” and the number “101”

You know, many times people ask me how many people work at Disneyland. (Counting the visible cast members) Hmmm, I’d say about one out of seven!

As we approach, please notice that there’s a dock on the left, and a dock on the right. But don’t let it confuse you. It’s a paradox.

Make sure you have all personal belongings with you… cameras, purses, small children… anything left on board will be thrown screaming to the crocodiles.

Any children left on board become property of the Walt Disney company after 24 hours.Please make sure you have all you belongings with you including your small children, if you leave them we will be forced to take them back to It’s a Small World and glue their feet to the floor and make them sing that hideous song over and over and over.

Please keep your hands inside the boat, I sure don’t want my new dock ruined. If you liked your ride my name is (name) if you didn’t my name is Tom and I work on the Submarine Voyage.

Unloading: Two of the world’s largest pygmies will assist you from the boat.

Please take your kids by the hand and watch your step.

You will be helped off the boat by two of the black footed albino pigmies over on the dock. These guys weigh over 500 pounds and can jump OVER TWENTY FEET!

OK rise like bread folks, no loafing around. I know my jokes are stale and crumby, and I’m sure I could do butter but its the yeast I can do on the sourdough I make here. I think I get my rye sense of humor from my dad. It’s no wonder. He’s Danish. I was born under a croissant moon and I used to be the toast of the town, until one day I just got spread too thin. Hey, where are you going, I’m on a roll! Oh well I guess you have to jam. OK, everybody stand up please.

Those of you on the dock side will be helped out by the front, those of you on the water side should turn around and you’ll be helped out by the rear… of the boat that is. This is adventureland, not fantasyland!

The jungle cruise has been brought to you today by the hippo farmers of America. Hippo: The other-other white meat.

When I count to three, everybody stand… the last one standing is a baby hippo. Ready? One… two… four! Look at all the baby hippos!

Do stand up… off your seats, on your feets. All right… if you don’t stand, you’ll have to go again! I knew that would get you up. Look down and watch your step as you exit. If you feel faint, don’t hesitate to throw your arms around the necks of the unloaders… that’s ladies only, please!

If you feel your feet getting wet as you leave the boat, you’ve probably gone out the wrong side. Don’t fall in the water as you leave… we’ll have to charge you extra.

Well folks, I hope you all enjoyed your trip around the jungle. I had such a good time- I’m going to go again! (low voice)… and again, and again, and again…

Bye now.. come back and see me again when you have the courage… and enjoy the rest of your stay in the Magic Kingdom. Aren’t you going to say good-bye, after all we’ve been through together?

Please be sure to tell your friends how much you enjoyed the Jungle Cruise… it helps keeps the lines down. Please don’t go out the window- you’ll get a window pane. That would be a shuttering experience. It would be enough to make a venetian blind.

Please exit the boat the same way you entered… pushing and shoving.

Watch your step, and please don’t step on small children indiscriminately. Pick the one you want and make sure you get him!”

If the unloaders grab you on the elbow or wrist as you pass, that’s their way of saying they love you. You can repay them by stomping on their foot or kicking them in the shin. Of all the groups I’ve taken on this ride, you’re the most … recent.

If you want to see me later, you can catch me at the Comedy Club at Pleasure Island. I’ll be the one in the restroom handing out mints and washing the combs in that blue water.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your day here in this magic and enchanting land that we call … work. If you would like to see me on the David Letterman Show next month… please write him a letter and tell him you would like to see me there!

Hall of Presidents:

20 Apr 2012 Show Writing

Script from the original show, which ran from 1971 to 1993. Group: We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Narrator: These immortal words when first they were written, proclaimed to the world an idea new among men. They expressed a shining wish for a better way of life. This was the American dream. But that golden goal was not to be had without cost. It was born in adversity, tested by time, perfected and proven only after long experience and trial. This is the drama of a new concept of freedom, of the inspired code of law creating that freedom.

Narrator: It was the year 1787. In the city of Philadelphia the Constitutional Convention was in session. After four long months of debate and discussion, a new Constitution to replace the old and ineffectual Articles of Confederation had finally been written. It was the mutual effort of the best minds in the land, men long experienced in the human art of government. By unanimous consent, George Washington had been chosen president of the convention.

George Washington: Gentlemen, the warmest friends this Constitution has do not contend that it is free from imperfections. But there is a constitutional door open for change. I think the people can decide on the alterations and ammendments which time may prove necessary. Besides, they will have the advantage of experience on their side.

Benjamin Franklin: General Washington, Sir.

George Washington: Mr. Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin: Fellow delegates, having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged to change opinions which I once thought right. The older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgement. I cannot help expressing a wish that every member of this convention who may still have objections to it, would with me doubt a little of his own infallability, and to make manifest our unanimity, put his name to this instrument.

Narrator: This was the moment of decision.

Speaker: New Hampshire. Massachusetts. Connecticut. New York.

Narrator: When the ceremony was over, thirty-nine delegates had come forward to write their names. Only three withheld their signatures. Thus, on September 17, 1787, a new Constitution to govern the American colonies was signed at Independence Hall. This newly created government was unique. In a world of kings and emperors, would it actually work?

Narrator: The first test was not long in coming. It occured in George Washington’s second term as president, an incident known as the Whiskey Rebellion. In colonial times, corn was an abundant crop but difficult to transport. And for convenience was often converted to distilled spirits. Since this important byproduct was shipped from state to state, the federal government saw fit to levy a tax upon it. But the people objected in principle, and before long their opposition had flared up in riots. Here was the first challenge to the federal authority.

Governor Mifflin: The question remains whether the President has any legal right to use force.

George Washington: As to the legality of it, Governor Mifflin, I have here an opinion from Justice Wilson advising that the courts of your state are unable to deal with the crisis through ordinary judicial proceedings. Under the law this would empower me to use the federal militia.

Narrator: Fortunately, the rebellion ended without bloodshed. The mere size of the militia overawed all further opposition. Washington had shown his people that the government was prepared to ensure domestic tranquility when necessary. Some forty- odd years later, President Andrew Jackson would know the threat of secession.

Speaker: The Federal Government’s Tarriff Acts are hereby declared null, void, and no law in the State of South Carolina.

Crowd: Cheers

Speaker: Should force be used to execute the measures declared void, such efforts will be regarded as inconsistent with the longer continuance of South Carolina in the Union.

Crowd: Cheers

Andrew Jackson: Tell them from me that they can talk and write resolutions and print threats till their heart’s content. But if one drop of blood be shed there in defiance of the laws of the United States, I will hang the first man of them I can get my hands on to the first tree I can find.

Narrator: With the people behind him and Congress supporting him, Jackson stood by the Constitution. For the moment the crisis passed. But it would come again. By 1858, the cause of Sectionalism had grown stronger and much more bitter. The burning issues of the day were brought into national focus by a series of debates between the glib and talented Stephen A. Douglas and a self taught lawyer named Abraham Lincoln.

Spectator: Hooray for Honest Abe Lincoln! Give it to him good, Abe!

Abraham Lincoln: Judge Douglas says he, he doesn’t care whether slavery is voted up or voted down.

Spectator: Neither do we, Lincoln, you know-nothing!

Abraham Lincoln: Well friend, I may not know much, but I think I know right from wrong. Now you say that you don’t care whether slavery is voted up or down. Now any man can say that, who does not see anything wrong in slavery. But no man can logically say it who does see wrong in it. Because no man can logically say he doesn’t care whether wrong is voted up or down.

Crowd: Cheers

Abraham Lincoln: I say this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Spectator: That’s what you think, you long drink of water!

Abraham Lincoln: Yes, my friend, that’s what I think. That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silenced.

Crowd: Applause

Stephen Douglas: As I say, I have known Mr. Lincoln for twenty-five years. He is a fine lawyer, possesses high ability, and there is no objection to him, except the monstrous revolutionary doctrines which he conscientiously entertains and is determined to carry out if he gets the power.

Spectator: Don’t worry, he ain’t gonna get it!

Spectator: Never! No never! Not that hillbilly rail-splitter!

Stephen Douglas: Alright, and I tell you, that this doctrine of Lincoln’s declaring that men are made equal by the Declaration of Independence and by Divine providence is a monstrous heresy.

Abraham Lincoln: My countrymen, if you have been taught doctrines conflicting with those great landmarks of the Declaration of Independence, if you have listened to suggestions which would take away its grandeur, if you are inclined to believe that all men are not created equal in those inalienable rights enumerated by our chart of liberty, let me entreat you to come back. Think nothing of me. Take no thought of the political fate of any man whatsoever. But come back to the truths that are in the Declaration of Independence. You may do anything with me you choose, if you will but heed these sacred principles. You may not only defeat me for the Senate, but you may take me out and put me to death. Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity. If that Declaration is not the truth, let us get the statute book in which we find it and tear it out. Who is so bold to do it?

Spectators: No one! I won’t! Not I!

Abraham Lincoln: If it is not true, let us tear it out!

Spectators: No! No! Never!

Abraham Lincoln: Well let us stick to it then, and let us stand firmly by it.

Crowd: Applause

Narrator: Abraham Lincoln lost that election of 1858, but in losing, he won. For the people couldn’t forget this plain-spoken man from the prairie, and two years later they sent him to the White House.

Abraham Lincoln: Without union, the Constitution is only a piece of paper. I know there is a God, and that he hates injustice and slavery. I see the storm coming. I know his hand is in it. If he has a place and work for me, and I think he has, I believe I am ready. I am nothing, but truth is everything, and with God’s help, I shall not fail.

Narrator: April 12, 1861. Fort Sumter. The canon spoke for war. Civil war, bitter, violent and devastating. After four weary and wounding years, the conflict ended. The Union was saved. The Constitution had survived the fiery ordeal. America was one nation, finally and forevermore. In the century to follow, America would know a period of amazing achievement. A time of startling inventions, a time of unbounded creative energy. There seemed no limit to man’s far-reaching horizons. It was a time of transition, a time of progress. But the fundamental philosophy of freedom, the belief in the rights of the individual and the dignity of man remained unaltered. The Constitution was still the rock. Under its guarantees, men were free to speak, free to worship as they pleased, free to enjoy the fruits of their labor, and free to explore new dimensions of their universe.

Mission Control: Ten, nine, eight, ignition sequence start, six, five, four…

Mission Control 2: There’s fire.

Mission Control: Three, two, one zero.

Narrator: Look to the stars, say the wise men, there lies the future. In remote and distant worlds lies the riddle of tomorrow. But where is its answer? If a free world is to endure, then the principles of self-government must be perpetuated. The Constitution is the rock, and the leaders of tomorrow must be as dedicated to its preservation as were the leaders of yesterday, as are the leaders of today.

Narrator: In this Hall of Presidents, let us pay homage to the immortal men whose illustrious names have been indelibly inscribed on history’s roll of honor.

Narrator: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon.

Narrator: From these men the free world may take new inspiration and hope. And, if it be wise, new wisdom from old words of prophecy.

Abraham Lincoln: This government must be preserved in spite of the acts of any man or set of men. Nowhere in the world is presented a government of so much liberty and equality. To the humblest and poorest among us are held the highest privileges and positions. What constitutes the bulwark of our liberty and independence? It is not the frowning battlements, or bristling seacoast, our army and navy- These are not our reliance against tyranny. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our defense is in the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere- Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism at your own doors. At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined could not, by force, take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up among us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we ourselves, must be its author and its finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live through all time . . . or die by suicide. Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite to exist only for a day. No . . . No . . . Man was made for immortality.


Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword. His truth is marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah. Glory, glory, hallelujah. Glory, glory, hallelujah. His truth is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah. Glory, glory, hallelujah. Glory, glory, hallelujah. His truth is marching on.

Note: This script has been transcribed.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Ride Script

19 Apr 2012 Show Writing

(As our submarine Nautilus slowly pulls out of the dock of the home port of Vulcania, we hear the stern authoritative voice of Captain Nemo.  An organ musical track is constantly playing in the background, playing a variation of the theme from the movie 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.)

Captain Nemo:  Stand by to dive!

Mr. Baxter:  Diving stations.  (Bosun’s whistle sounds)

Captain Nemo:  Dive!  Dive!  (Diving claxon sounds)

Mr. Baxter:  Trim bow on diving planes.  Three degrees down.  (A stream of bubbles indicates diving has commenced)

Captain Nemo:  Take her to ten fathoms.

Mr. Baxter:  Aye, aye, sir.

Captain Nemo:  Steady as she goes.

(The Captain now addresses the passengers)

Captain Nemo:  This is Captain Nemo speaking.  Welcome aboard the Nautilus.  We are proceeding on a course that will take us on a voyage 20,000 leagues under the sea.  En route, we will pass beneath the Polar Ice Cap and then probe depths seldom seen by man.  So make yourselves comfortable, but please, remain seated at all times

(We catch our first glimpse of undersea life.   A lobster, followed by a giant sea crab)


Captain Nemo:  Here among the reefs, you will see many familiar inhabitants of the undersea world.  The great green sea turtles for instance, are the reptilian patriarchs of the deep.  These amphibious descendants of the dinosaur have changed little in the past 200 million years.  Groupers, or giant sea bass, roam the coastal bottom in search of food.  The giant clam obviously is quite safe from such marine predators.  (A giant clam is seen opening and closing.)  The fish world has always been considered a silent habitat, but through our sonar hydro phones, we’ve discovered that fish actually talk!  Listen.

(The sounds of fish “talking” fills the sub.  Several moray eels can be seen poking their heads through the coral formations)

Mr. Baxter:  Undersea party ahead, sir.  Divers to port and starboard.

Captain Nemo:  Witness the crew from one of our satellite ships.  They are harvesting their abundance that nature has sown here beneath the sea.  Kelp beds are cultivated.  Sea creatures corralled and protected from predators.  Just as terrestrial shepherds protect their flocks from ravenous wolves.    (We see a diver tethering a sea turtle to keep it from escaping)

Mr. Baxter:  Surface storm ahead, sir.

Captain Nemo:  Weather alert!  All controls, eight degrees down.  (Diving bells ring)  Hold her at 80 fathoms and proceed on course.

(A new stream of bubbles erupt to indicate we have dived deeper.  The scene now becomes dark as the “surface” light no longer penetrates our field of vision)

Captain Nemo:  The Nautilus can dive safely below the violence of ocean storms.    Surface vessels are not so fortunate. (The crumbling wreckage of mostly 18th and 19th century sailing ships now come into view) Witness the evidence of their fate.  The graveyard of lost ships.  For ages, these rotting holds have kept their secret treasures, safeguarded by silent sentinels of the deep.  Man-eating sharks.  Nature’s most unpredictable predators of the sea.  (A shark glides by our field of vision)

Mr. Baxter:  We’ve reached the Polar Ice Cap, sir.  There’s a clear channel at 40 fathoms.

Captain Nemo:  Steady as she goes.  (We see the submerged lower sections of icebergs.  Sonar pinging emits)   In this region of the Polar Ice Cap, you are witnessing a rare visual phenomenon.  The aurora borealis above us.

Mr. Baxter:  Ice wall breaking, sir.

Captain Nemo:  Take her deep!  (diving bell rings)  And keep an eye on the depth gauge.

Mr. Baxter:  Aye, aye, sir.

Captain Nemo:  We have past beneath the North Pole, and are now descending into that region in deeper water where the sun has never penetrated.  Here, in this realm of eternal darkness, nature has provided her creatures with their own….eerie luminescence.  (Several deep sea fish, one with jaws open, can be seen.  The alert bell rings)

Mr. Baxter:  Warning light, sir.  We’ve reached maximum depth limit.

Captain Nemo:  Take her back up to 80 fathoms!

Mr. Baxter:  Eight-zero fathoms, aye, aye.

Captain Nemo:  There are limits beyond which man and his puny efforts cannot survive.  We have almost exceeded those limits.

Mr. Baxter:  Unusual formations to port and starboard, sir.

(Elaborately carved classical structures come into view.    The remains of a Greco style city.    There are temples and the collapsed remains of giant statues, their faces staring upward)

Captain Nemo:  Ah, these crumbling heaps of stone betray the hand of man.  I believe we’ve made a startling discovery!  These…classic ruins could very well be the legendary lost continent of Atlantis.  Some scholars theorize that a remarkable civilization was destroyed by a tremendous volcano.  Others treat any concept of Atlantis as pure fantasy, along with legends of sea serpents and mermaids. Mr. Baxter:  Begging your pardon, sir.  But, did you say sea serpents are mere fantasies?

Captain Nemo:  Belay there mate! Anyone in his right mind knows there’s no such thing as a sea serpent or mermaids. Mr. Baxter, if you think you’re seeing mermaids and sea monsters, you’ve been submerged too long!

(We pass the sight of a giant, smiling sea serpent amidst the ruins of Atlantis.  Two mermaids are tethered to the creature.  There is no comment from Captain Nemo on this)

Mr. Baxter:  Captain Nemo, sir!  We’re experiencing unusual turbulence.   It’s a ruddy underwater volcano, sir!

(The scene outside grows more violent and darkens to a reddish glow.  Numerous columns are teetering as a result of the turbulence)

Captain Nemo:  By Neptune’s flippers!  This confirms it.  That seething mountain still denies rest to the civilization it submerged thousands of generations ago.  Helmsman!  Steer clear of the tottering columns.

Helmsman:   Aye, aye, sir.

Captain Nemo:  Red alert!

Mr. Baxter:  Red alert!  (Bosun’s whistle blows)  All hands to stations.

Captain Nemo:  Trim the tanks!  Steady as she goes.

Crewman:  Captain!  Giant squid dead ahead.  It’s disabled a submarine, sir.

Captain Nemo:  Good Lord!  It’s one of ours.  It’s hull has been crushed like an eggshell.

(The tentacles of a giant squid have ensnared a sister sub to the Nautilus.)

Crewman:  Another monster’s attacking forward, sir!

Captain Nemo:  Full repellent charge!

Mr. Baxter:  Repellent charge, aye, aye.  Maximum voltage.

(Lights flash around us to indicate the use of the electrical charge against the giant squid)

Captain Nemo:  All ahead!

Mr. Baxter:  All ahead, aye.  She won’t answer the helm!

Captain Nemo:  Emergency maneuver!  All engines, stand by to surface!  Surface!

Mr. Baxter:  Surface!  Surface!  Surface!  (A stream of bubbles indicates the surfacing procedure and then when they clear away the “surface” light is streaming through once again)  We’ve reached Vulcania, sir.

Captain Nemo:  Proceed on course.  All ahead.

Mr. Baxter:  All ahead, aye, aye.

Captain Nemo:  Station the maneuvering watch.

Mr. Baxter:  Aye, aye, sir.  All hands to stations.

Captain Nemo:  Ladies and gentlemen, in just a few moments we will be docking at Vulcania, our home port.  It has been a pleasure having you aboard the Nautilus, on this memorable voyage that has taken us 20,000 leagues under the sea.  Captain to bridge.  Reduce speed and proceed to number four berth.  Stand by to dock.

Mr. Baxter:  Bridge, aye, aye.  All ahead one-third.  Stand by for boarding.

Captain Nemo:  Thank you for sailing with us.  And now, when the cabin lights come on, stand by to disembark.  Gather your belongings, take small children by the hand, and watch your step.


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